Will iconic images recorded in the grooves of an ancient vase unite the Holy Land or rip it further apart?


A novel by Mark M. DeRobertis

Muhsin Muhabi is a Palestinian potter, descended from a long line of potters. His business is run from the same shop owned by his ancestors since the day his forebears moved to Nazareth. The region's conflict saw the death of his oldest son, and rogue terrorists are in the process of recruiting his youngest in their plot to assassinate the Pope and Israeli prime minister.

Professor Hiram Weiss is an art historian at Nazareth’s Bethel University. He is also a Shin Bet operative on special assignment. With the help of fellow agent, Captain Benny Mathias, he plans to destroy the gang responsible for the death of his wife and only child. He puts a bomb in the ancient vase he takes on loan from Muhsin’s Pottery Shop.

Mary Levin, the charming assistant to the director of Shin Bet, has lost a husband and most of her extended family to recurring wars and never-ending terrorism. She dedicates her life to the preservation of Israel, but to whom will she dedicate her heart? The brilliant professor from Bethel University? Or the gallant captain who now leads Kidon?

Harvey Holmes, the Sherlock of Haunted Houses, is a Hollywood TV host whose reality show just flopped. When a Lebanese restaurant owner requests his ghost-hunting services, he believes the opportunity will resurrect his career. All he has to do is exorcise the ghosts that are haunting the restaurant. It happens to be located right across the street from Muhsin’s Pottery Shop.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Plot Hole Fixed in Killer Eyes

I had talked about a snag in Killer Eyes, where a supporting character was doing something but then in the climax of the story, he does something else that wasn't consistent with his earlier activities. I did fix that, but in order to do so, I had to add some additional intrigue, which includes one of Trent Smith's friends letting him down. Well, in a way. But so much is at stake in that story, I'm thinking the intrigue will work. And in real life, friends do let you down. So it's not a reach for it to happen in a book.

I can't be specific, nor mention what friend. Can't insert spoilers. I still might have to iron out some existing wrinkles, but that's normal in the revision stage of a manuscript, and in the editing stage. I've learned so many times to take your time on a MS. It's not something you want to rush. If you do, you can be sure you'll miss something, and wish you had not rushed it. That's true with anything, really. Not just writing. But being an artist, I'm a perfectionist, and I want my art, which includes the writing of novels, to be perfect, or at least as perfect as possible.

Readers will appreciate that. It's what makes any art something that can be appreciated. And art for art's sake is the result. It makes life worth living. At least I think so.

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